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California's Employer Records of Occupational Injury and Illness

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14300.5 - Determination of Work-Relatedness

A case is considered work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment:

  • either caused or contributed to the resulting injury or illness, or
  • significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness.

Work-relatedness is presumed unless an exception in section 14300. 5(b)(2) specifically applies

14300. 5(b)(4) - Significant Aggravation

A pre-existing injury or illness is significantly aggravated when an event or exposure in the work environment results in any of the following (which would not have occurred but for the occupational event or exposure):

  • Death
  • Loss of consciousness
  • One or more days
  • away from work, or 
  • of restricted work, or
  • a job transfer
  • Medical treatment or a change in medical treatment.

14300. 5(b)(5) - Pre-Existing Condition 

A pre-existing condition is an injury or illness which resulted solely from a non-work related event or exposure occurring outside the work environment.

14300. 5(b)(6) - Travel Status and Work-Relatedness

An injury or illness that occurs while an employee is on travel status is work-related if it occurred while the employee was engaged in work activities in the interest of the employer.

Examples :

  • entertainment to transact, discuss or promote business at the direction of the employer.
  • traveling to/from customer contacts.
  • conducting job tasks.

14300. 5(b)(7) - Work at Home

Injuries and illnesses that occur at home are work-related if they:

  • happen while work for pay/compensation is being performed, and
  • are directly related to the performance of the job.

Examples :

  • puncturing a fingernail during home garment work.
  • dropping a box of work documents resulting in a foot injury.


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